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Ersel Hickey

Posted on Jan 20, 2019 in 50s, Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK/POP, Rockabilly

Best remembered for the rockabilly classic “Bluebirds Over the Mountain,” singer Ersel Hickey was born June 27, 1934, in Brighton, NY. Inspired by Johnnie Ray, in 1951 Hickey entered a Columbus talent contest and took home top honors, winning $500 and committing himself to a career as a pop singer. After discovering Elvis Presley’s landmark Sun recordings, Hickey switched his allegiance to rock & roll…

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Ray Sharpe

Posted on Jan 10, 2019 in 50s, BLUES, Rhythm & Blues, Rockabilly

Ray Sharpe hails from Fort Worth, growing up in an environment where country & western became as important to him as blues. He has actually been praised for sounding “white,” a reverse of normal racial relations involving R&B vocal performances…

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Willie Clancy

Posted on Jan 4, 2019 in Traditional Folk

A master of the uillean pipes, Willie Clancy is remembered for his rich mixture of reels, slow airs, slip jigs and mazurkas. A regular performer at summer Irish music sessions in his hometown of Miltown Malbay, from 1957 until 1972, he spent countless hours playing with such influential Irish musicians as Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Paddy Moloney, later with the Chieftains…

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The Beautiful South

Posted on Dec 28, 2018 in 90s, ROCK/POP

Following the disbandment of the British indie pop group the Housemartins in 1989, vocalist Paul Heaton and drummer Dave Hemingway formed the Beautiful South. Where their previous group relied on jazzy guitars and witty, wry lyrics, the Beautiful South boasted a more sophisticated, jazzy pop sound, layered with keyboards, R&B-inflected female backing vocals and, occasionally, light orchestrations…

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Jack Scott

Posted on Dec 21, 2018 in 50s, Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK/POP, Rockabilly

Jack Scott sounded tough, like someone you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley unless he had a guitar in his hands. When he growled “The Way I Walk,” wise men (and women) stepped aside. Despite his snarling rockabilly attitude, Scott hailed from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and grew up across the river, near Detroit, developing a love for hillbilly music along the way…

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Mungo Jerry

Posted on Dec 14, 2018 in 70s, ROCK/POP

Mungo Jerry are one of rock’s great one-hit successes. Outside of England, they’re known for exactly one song, but that song, “In the Summertime,” is a seasonal anthem known by listeners who weren’t even born when it was released. Mungo Jerry was a solid blues outfit as well — in fact, one suspects they were the kind of blues band that purists Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies would have loved, had they ever intersected…

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Phil Harris

Posted on Dec 7, 2018 in Big Band, JAZZ, Swing

Better known as a longtime actor who made his first film appearance in 1933, Phil Harris was also a successful drummer and singer. Harris played drums and led his own groups during the 30s. He was a regular on Jack Benny’s radio show for a decade from 1936-1946 and had his own show with Alice Faye from 1947-54…

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Sanford Clark

Posted on Nov 30, 2018 in 50s, Country, ROCK/POP, Rockabilly

Sanford Clark found fleeting fame with his rendition of the Lee Hazlewood song “The Fool.” With a vocal style that blended elements of Johnny Cash with Ricky Nelson, Clark released the song in 1956, and it eventually peaked in the Top Ten of the pop charts and in the Top 15 of the country charts – his first and only hit…

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The Cribs

Posted on Nov 25, 2018 in 00s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

Yorkshire’s the Cribs feature three brothers: vocalist/guitarist Ryan Jarman, bassist/vocalist Gary, and drummer Ross. The trio began playing together at an early age, debuting at a family party in the late 80s when twins Gary and Ryan were nine years old and Ross was just five. The brothers grew up with similar musical tastes, blending quintessentially British influences…

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J.J. Johnson

Posted on Nov 20, 2018 in Bebop, JAZZ

Considered by many to be the finest jazz trombonist of all time, J.J. Johnson somehow transferred the innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to his more awkward instrument, playing with such speed and deceptive ease that at one time some listeners assumed he was playing valve (rather than slide) trombone…

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